Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."
Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.
Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.
This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."
Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.
This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.
In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.
|RF EZR 4:1||
The Enemies Assail the Jews.
|RF EZR 4:2||they approached Zerubabel, and the Heads of Houses, and said to them;—"We will build with you; for we follow your God like your-selves; but we have not sacrificed from the days of Ezerhadon, king of Ashur, who brought us up here."|
|RF EZR 4:3||But Zerubabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the Heads of the Houses of Israel replied;—"You shall not!—But we will build the House of our God; for we alone can build for the EVER-LIVING God of Israel, as king Cyrus, king of the Persians, commanded us."|
|RF EZR 4:4||The People of the countries therefore impeded the plans of the People of Judah, and interfered with them in building,|
|RF EZR 4:5||and hired persons against them, and conspired to break their intention, all the time of Cyrus king of the Persians and up to the period of Dariush the king of the Persians.|
|RF EZR 4:6||Afterwards, in the reign of Akha-shorush, they wrote to accuse the inhabitants of Judea and Jerusalem.|
|RF EZR 4:7||And again in the times of Arthak-shasta, in a time of peace, Mithera-dath, Tabal, and the rest of their companions wrote to Arthakshasta King of Persia, and the wording of their letter was in Aramith,—and I copy it from the Aramith;—|
|RF EZR 4:8||Rehum, Master of the Rolls, and Shemshai the Secretary wrote a letter in conjunction against Jerusalem to the king Arthakshasta in this form;—|
|RF EZR 4:9|| The Samaritan Petition Against the Jews.
"Rehum the Master of the Rolls and Shemshai the Secretary, and their associates, of the Dinia, and Afrasthakia, Tarflia, Afrasia, Arkair, Babalia, Shushankia, Dahira, Almia,
|RF EZR 4:10||and the rest of the Peoples whom the Great and beloved Asnaper brought over to his City of Shameron, with others over the River."|
|RF EZR 4:11||(This is copied from the letter they sent to King Arthakshasta.)—"Your servants of the men over the river, and others,|
|RF EZR 4:12||inform the king himself of the Jews who ascended from you to us at Jerusalem, who are building the rebellious and bad City, and have finished the walls, and they are joining them.|
|RF EZR 4:13||However, it should be made known to the king, that if this City is rebuilt, and its walls are completed, they will not pay tribute, tax, or toll, and then the king will suffer.|
|RF EZR 4:14||Consequently because we eat of the salt of the Palace we have advised the king; for it is not right for us to look at such dishonor, and we have sent to inform the king,|
|RF EZR 4:15||so that the books of records of your fathers may be searched, when you will find in the book of records that this City, is a rebellious town, and dangerous to kings and governors, and exerted itself to excite disturbance in former times;—and for that reason this City was burnt down.|
|RF EZR 4:16||We wish therefore to advise the king, that if this City should be rebuilt, and its walls completed, you will have no province over the river in consequence.'"|
|RF EZR 4:17|| The Kings Reply.
The King replied by a letter:—
"To Rehum, the Master of the Rolls, and Shemshai, the Secretary, and the rest of their Associates, who reside in Shameron and the district beyond the river, health and the rest;—
|RF EZR 4:18||"The letter you sent to us has been openly read before us,|
|RF EZR 4:19||so I signed an order, and they searched, and have found that this City from former times, has risen against the kings, and rebelled, and excited sedition in itself.|
|RF EZR 4:20||And that powerful kings have existed in Jerusalem, and governed all beyond the river, and tribute, tax, and toll, were paid to them.|
|RF EZR 4:21||Consequently, you must make a decree to restrain these men, and that this City must not be rebuilt, until I shall sign a Decree;|
|RF EZR 4:22||and learn not to be slow to execute this. Why should the Royal affairs be endangered?"|
|RF EZR 4:23|| The Building of the Temple Stopped.
When the copy of the letter of king Arthakshasta was read before Rehum, and Shemshai the Secretary and their Associates, they at once proceeded to Jerusalem, against the Jews and prevented them by force of an army.
|RF EZR 4:24||Thus the work at the House of GOD in Jerusalem was stopped until the third year of the reign of Dariush king of the Persians.|